How much are F1 tickets? A fairly simple question on the face of it but it’s actually a little more complicated than perhaps first thought. Fear not however, we’re here to help answer this for you as well as provide our expert advice on securing the Formula 1 Grand Prix tickets which are best for you. Here’s our guide on what you should know:
When do F1 tickets go on sale?
As at time of writing (Feb 2023), now, and they are selling fast. Tickets for most 2023 Grand Prix went on sale back in late Summer 2022, so they’ve been on sale for some time now. Most events over the 2023 F1 calendar are already sold out of their most desirable tickets, such as for Saturday (Qualifying day) and Sunday (Race day) in covered grandstand; so it’s highly recommended to secure your tickets before it’s too late.
Why the rush to buy F1 tickets?
F1 is experiencing somewhat of a revival in recent years, mostly thanks to a more competitive grid which has been exposed to the world via the medium of the Drive to Survive series on Netflix. Fans are desperate to see their heroes race for real and witness fierce rivalries play out before their eyes on the finest circuits the racing world has to offer. Add to this the pent-up demand caused by the pandemic and you have yourself a recipe where grand prix tickets can become like gold dust.
What kind of F1 tickets are available?
A Grand Prix weekend takes place over Friday, Saturday and Sunday and, whilst tickets can be bought for individual days, the best value is found when buying (multi-day) weekend grand prix tickets such as for Saturday + Sunday or for all 3 days of the event. Sunday is of course the most popular and expensive day and Friday is the cheapest in general.
You then have a selection of F1 ticket types to go for. The cheapest tickets will be for General Admission which will grant you access to certain sections of the circuit where you are likely to be standing unless you can grab some seating at small unreserved grandstands which can pop up at some grand prix events.
The most popular tickets will be for grandstands with reserved seating. Most circuits will have a fairly wide selection of grandstands to choose from where the cost will vary depending on where the grandstand is, its viewpoint and if it’s covered. For example, grandstands on the pit straight or at overtaking zones are going to more expensive than grandstands on straights or average corners.
Finally, if looking for the best of the best in terms of what a day or weekend at the race track can offer, there are hospitality ticket types available. Typically, these tickets include gourmet food and drink, premium viewing areas, appearances from famous F1 faces and opportunities to go behind the scenes in the pit lane and paddock. Paddock Club and Champions club are the official F1 hospitality ticket packages but some events may have their own, unique hospitality options.
So, how much are F1 tickets?
Before we go ahead and chuck some numbers at you, it’s super important to consider the below with some context in mind. F1 Ticket prices can fluctuate depending on demand and availability if bought via some providers. What Grandstand Tickets can promise however, is that our ticket prices are fixed to make sure all race-goers pay a fair price.
So, let’s start with General Admission tickets. You can pick these up for as little as £40 per person if looking for something fun to do on a Friday. Events like Saudi Arabia, Spain and Hungary can offer good the best value for Friday access only. General Admission for all 3 days of the Grand Prix weekend can be found for around £250 per person if looking at the Singapore Grand Prix for example where you can walk around a large section of the city and circuit to get different viewpoints.
But let’s not kid ourselves, grandstand tickets are what the majority of race goers will be looking for. You’ve got a reserved seat, a good view of the track and amenities close by to keep you fuelled throughout the day.
Typically, grandstand tickets for many events across the calendar start around the £250 to £300 per person mark. For example, 3 day tickets for fan-favourite Spa Grand Prix in Belgium are available for £298 per person whilst you can head to the Circuit Villeneuve in Canada for £270 per person.
Some event events, Austria Monza and Abu Dhabi for example, will set you back around £450 / £500 per person whilst weekend grandstand tickets for high end events like the Monaco Grand Prix can be found for £875 per person if you fancy a trip to Monte Carlo. It’s not uncommon for new events in exciting cities, Las Vegas for example, to offer grandstand tickets for over £2000 per person! Our advice is to wait a year for the initial furore to calm down, the event to get any first-year gremlins sorted and enjoy what will be a better event on the whole.
If looking to create an unforgettable weekend and go all out with an all singing and dancing hospitality option, most events will be able to offer Champions Club tickets for around the £3500 per person mark. Or if you want to feel like a legit A-List celebrity few days, access to the Paddock Club can be found for a cool £7000 per person for most events.